Family – Rated R for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Piano

1999 | 13 minutes 30 seconds

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With Animated Film by Pell Osborn


Program Note

Family – Rated R was commissioned and premiered in 1999 by the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and featured as soloists the Charness Family Quintet (a flutist mother, a pianist father, two violinists, ages 9 and 14, and a cellist, age 12), and was later re-orchestrated for piano and string quartet. As a chamber work, the piece has been performed numerous times in Boston, as well as at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and in St. Petersburg, Russia, by John McDonald and the Arden String Quartet.

Why Family – Rated R? I have yet to meet a family “Rated G.” More importantly, “Rated R” means that you need to be accompanied by an adult until you are 18, and that is, essentially, what family is supposed to be—a kind of support system that facilitates your gradual entering into the complexities of a larger (at times threatening and alienating) world. And if all goes well, you ultimately become a productive and responsible part of that world and work to make it more whole. Any family or extended family strives to do this, including, I believe, the community at large.

— Howard Frazin


Select Performances

  • Wheaton College 2nd Annual New Music Festival

    Aurea Ensemble
    Guy Urban, piano
    Cole Memorial Chapel
    Norton, MA
    April 6, 2011

  • St. Botolph Club

    Quartet X
    John McDonald, piano
    Boston, MA
    May 18, 2005

  • Composers in Red Sneakers

    Arden String Quartet
    John McDonald, piano
    with animated film by Pell Osborn
    Pickman Hall
    Cambridge, MA
    October 5, 2004

  • St. Petersburg Spring Festival

    Arden String Quartet
    John McDonald, piano
    Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    May 23, 2002

  • Tufts University

    Arden String Quartet
    John McDonald, piano
    Alumnae Hall
    Medford, MA
    May 15, 2002

  • Longy SeptemberFest

    Olga Polonsky, vioin
    John Holland, violins
    Dimitar Petkov, viola
    Laurence Picard, cello
    Yuko Shinohara, piano
    Pickman Hall
    Cambridge, MA
    September 9, 2001

  • Banff Centre

    Andrea Neumann, violin
    Alison Thompson, violin
    Anita Dusevic, viola
    Jenny Yoon, cello
    Barbara Podgurski, piano
    Alberta, Canada
    August 9, 2001

  • Longy Faculty Artist Series

    Rohan Gregory, violin
    Mirabai Weismehl, violin
    Scott Woolweaver, viola
    Rafael Popper-Keizer cello
    Laura Kennedy, piano
    Pickman Hall
    Cambridge, MA
    December 6, 2000

  • Longy Composition Faculty Showcase

    Arden String Quartet
    Laura Kennedy, piano
    Pickman Hall, Cambridge, MA
    February 8, 2000

  • Composers in Red Sneakers (Premiere)

    Arden String Quartet
    Laura Kennedy, piano
    Pickman Hall, Cambridge, MA
    December 11, 1999